Philadelphia Phillies: 10 worst losses of the 2019 season

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8. April 19: Rockies 4, Phillies 3

The Phillies and Colorado Rockies had been going at it for over four hours in an early-season contest at Coors Field when Bryce Harper ripped a two-out double in the top of the 12th to give the Phils a 3-2 lead.

Juan Nicasio came out in the bottom half, his second inning of work, in an effort to nail down the win.

Nicasio walked a man, but there were two outs when Charlie Blackmon came to the plate. Gabe Kapler decided to let the right-handed Nicasio face the left-handed All-Star Blackmon, rather than the right-handed Drew Butera, who was on deck.

Yes, the same Butera who lost the Phillies backup catcher competition to Andrew Knapp in spring training a few weeks prior.

Nicasio put Blackmon in a 1-2 hole, but then he unsurprisingly left a meatball hanging over the plate, which Blackmon belted 400+ feet to win the game for Colorado. You just can’t lose a game that long when you get the lead.

As I zoned in and out of consciousness watching the tragic ending of this game, little did I know how many more problems awaited the team. This one was frustrating, but there was much worse to come.